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Opening doors for learning for KZN’s remote areas

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Sakhi Simelane (Chairperson of the Unisa Council), Lungi Nhlenyama (Chairperson: SRC KwaZulu-Natal Region), Her Worship Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu (Mayor: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality), Prof Mandla Makhanya (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Unisa), Sihle Mbili (Municipal Manager: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality) and Cllr Yagabaram Nair (Deputy Mayor: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality)

The ceremony to hand over land donated to Unisa by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) was held on 2 May 2019 on site at Uvongo, Margate.

Unisa plans to build a regional services center, which means that the current Mbizana Regional Services Centre housed in the Wild Coast Sun International will be relocated to a new state-of-the-art building in Uvongo, this serves to offer almost all services students would receive from other well-established centers.

Once the centre is complete, current and prospective students will have access to services such as online applications, registration, typing and submission of assignments, counselling, computer laboratories, classrooms, tutorials and study space, video conferencing, an advocacy and resource centre for students with disabilities, as well as a hall for writing examinations, which can also be shared with local communities.


Inkosi Mxolisi Xolo (local traditional leadership), Her Worship Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu (Mayor: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality) and Prof Mandla Makhanya (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Unisa) Photo: UNISA News website

The VC said the facility would be designed to allow for expansion. It is anticipated that the project will commence early in 2020 and be completed two years thereafter.

Photo: UNISA News Website

Source– UNISA news

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Ensuring compatibility of higher education qualifications in the 4IR era

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In an era where the standard between basic education systems and higher education and training systems are worlds apart. With 30% being good enough to get you a National Senior Certificate, while standards at a tertiary level requires 80%.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, introduces technological advances which are bound to have an impact on every institution within the country.

At the University South Africa’s recent national higher education conference session titled Imagining the exponential and entrepreneurial university of the 21st century, 4IR was at the center of discussions with Prof Bavesh Kana asking “We have all this technological advancement but we still have a lot of human suffering.”

“Is the technology where it needs to be?” he asked.

Taking that the unemployment rate is at its highest reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With a lot of graduates still unemployed.

With the 4IR and looking at our current education system one can not help but ask, How can graduates use their acquired qualifications to ensure that they compatible with the technological revolution?

With those already in school and those about to enter tertiary, what is done to ensure that the cycle of unemployment is broken, is the curriculum altered to accommodate the 4IR and are higher education institutions offering courses which are still of value enough to ensure security for graduates and lastly how are we preparing our institutions’ curriculum to be able to compete at a global scale.

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SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun

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The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).

Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”

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Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf

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MR and MRS City Waldorf Pageant IMAGE: Ndumiso Ngwenya

From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.

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